Travel Guide: Must-Visit Christmas Markets
The festive season approaches once again, and the lure of the Christmas markets is stronger than ever after more than a year cooped up at home. What if we told you there are plenty of offers which will also raise money for your charity - now that's guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit. Read on for our pick of some of the best festive markets the World has to offer...
This is one of the most iconic Christmas markets in Europe, and the festivities are truly extensive. You'll get to soak up a stunning atmosphere, beautiful old architecture, traditional stalls and crafts, and the most wonderful decorations, music and lights. Look out for ice-skating rinks, beer tents, chestnuts, hot apple pies, winter cider, and plenty of arts, crafts and gifts. easyJet Holidays offer excellent package deals with flights included from main UK airports, including this one at the Checkpoint Charlie hotel from just £205 per person. Raise up to 1% when you book a hotel right in the heart of the Christmas action. Shop easyJet Holidays
Voted Europe's best Christmas market on no fewer than three occasions, the markets here are magical and feature beautiful crafts, a huge array of events such as concerts, musicians and ice-rinks, great food, and a warm atmosphere. The accommodation is plentiful and cheap, and you can fly with KLM from £135pp and raise 0.75% in the process
Always a favourite for city breaks, this cosmopolitan city is made all the more enticing when the festive season comes around. Enjoy local spicy sausages and rosti potatoes, sip some mulled wine, pick up handmade gifts and watch choirs and ice-skaters in action, all under a canopy of glittering decorations and lights. You can book a Christmas markets city break with Lastminute.com, and there are a variety of hotels to pick from, with three nights including a flight from major airports starting from just £113 per person - and you can raise up to 3% in the process of booking. Shop the deal at Lastminute.com
Don't forget that the UK also has some fantastic staycation options as well as the biggest German market outside of Germany and Austria which runs from 4th November - 23rd December. While you're in Birmingham why not see a show at the NEC or the Hippodrome theatre, visit the famous jewellery quarter and experience lunch alongside the canal before taking in some retail therapy. The Symphony Hall is a must-see, and Selfridges is both an architectural point of interest and a hot destination for retail lovers. Enjoy food at Brindley Place and fantastic big brands along the high street, and why not take a guided tour on one of the bright green double-decker tour buses? You'll find plenty of great accommodation, including the luxurious Hilton Birmingham. Raise up to 6% when you book via Give as you Live Online at a wide range of top hotel brands.
Fancy going further afield for your festive experience? Then New York has to top the list as the backdrop to so many of our favourite festive films and shows. Enjoy the atmosphere of the holiday season as you admire huge candy canes and fast food stalls with great New York attitude. See Radio City Music Hall all lit up, wander through Bryant Park and head to Union Square Market for the full gift, food, music and entertainment experience. TUI offers flights from most main UK airports. Remember to click through Give as you Live Online to raise for your favourite charity
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